Dinosaur Is there a dinosaur hiding in your resume?

Two of the most dreaded words that resume writers hate to see in your resume are:


When I look at someone’s resume or LinkedIn profile and see those words, I cringe, much like the sound of fingernails on a blackboard. Resumes and the related LinkedIn profile and other bios on social media should speak with the active voice.

Is there a dinosaur hiding in your resume?

Create a proactive, value-driven resume that focuses on your value. The words “responsible for” is the dinosaur hiding in your resume. Old words that mean nothing.

Julie Walraven writes highly targeted, accomplishment-filled resumes that capture what you contributed in each of your roles and translates your stories into substance that the hiring manager desires, learn more here.


  1. Ed Han on June 29, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for the mention, Julie!

    • Julie Walraven on June 29, 2010 at 6:57 am

      You are welcome, Ed! Thank you for your comments on both LinkedIn and Twitter!

  2. Cindy Kraft on June 29, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for the mention, Julie. Twice in one week … and it’s only Tuesday!

    Ed – loved the limp handshake visual!

    • Julie Walraven on June 29, 2010 at 6:57 am

      Cindy, you started the visual for the topic, you had to be included! Thank you… Isn’t he a lovely dinosaur?

  3. Amy L. Adler on June 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the results of your poll! I always think that “responsible for” means the person indeed was responsible for whatever it was, but they might have benignly neglected it. There is ZERO power to that useless phrase.

    • Julie Walraven on June 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      Good thoughts, Amy, and thank you for stopping by. I think that phrase has been drilled into my head as the one to erase from resumes for years but I see it popping up all over lately.

  4. Kirk Baumann on July 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Great article! I hate seeing “responsible for” on resumes. The whole point of the resume is to show off your accomplishments and achievements, not your job description. Am I right? Being able to effectively communicate what you do (or did) is extremely important. Quantify your results, and highlight how you took on leadership roles, etc.

    Nice job on this post. Keep up the great work!
    .-= Kirk Baumann´s last blog ..Building Your Own A-Team =-.

    • Julie Walraven on July 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you, Kirk,I’m glad you agree. Yes, accomplishments, achievements and tell the stories, quantify and qualify! Challenge, Action, Result! 🙂 You got it!